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How to Gain Root Access to the OnePlus 3T with Nougat

Once you are ready to root the OnePlus 3T, you can follow these step by step instructions that will take you from start to finish.

As I mentioned yesterday, the process to install TWRP and root the OnePlus 3T is different when compared to the OnePlus 3. For this reason, I have decided to write up some dedicated tutorials specifically for the OnePlus 3T. Some of the guides are the same, and I will be editing those to let you know they will work on the OnePlus 3T as well.

So while you’re going through these tutorials, be sure to check and see if it works for your device.

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I will be referencing previous tutorials in the guide below. Some of those will also be referencing previous tutorials I have written. You’ll need to make sure you follow all of the steps included in those referenced tutorials. For instance, in the bootloader unlock guide, I talk about needing to have ADB and Fastboot tools installed so that you can install TWRP. So please be sure to follow all of these instructions as I walk you through gaining root access to the OnePlus 3T.

OnePlus 3T Root

  1. Unlock the bootloader of the OnePlus 3T
  2. Download the SuperSU .ZIP file to the OnePlus 3T
  3. Install TWRP on the OnePlus 3T
  4. Boot the OnePlus 3T into Recovery Mode (or stay in recovery mode after TWRP is installed).
  5. Tap on the Install button
  6. Browse to and tap on the SuperSU .ZIP file
  7. Swipe the white arrows to the right to confirm
  8. Wait for the installation to be completed
  9. Then tap on the Reboot System button toward the bottom right


Before you can even begin the process to root the OnePlus 3T, you will need to unlock the bootloader. This step will actually wipe all of the data from your phone so backup as much of it as possible before you begin. If Google has backed up your app data, then you can use it to restore your app/game installs after you sign into your account again. You’ll then want to download the SuperSU ZIP file to the OnePlus 3T. This can either be done directly on the phone, or downloaded to your device.

With that done, you can follow the steps I outlined for how to install TWRP on the OnePlus 3T. This can either be done directly on the phone, or downloaded to your device. Once TWRP is installed, you can do one of two things. You can either instantly root the device by flashing the SuperSU ZIP file here, or you can install the Disabler ZIP file that I link to in the tutorial for installing TWRP.

Install SuperSU Root
You’ll get this notice after you gain root access to the OnePlus 3T, to warn you about the first boot cycle.

You just need to be in the TWRP recovery mode so that you can tap the Install button, browse to the SuperSU ZIP file, and then flash it to your OnePlus 3T. The process only takes a minute or two (as shown in the video above). Once the installation is finished, you should see a Reboot System button that appears toward the bottom right of the screen. Tap on that and the OnePlus 3T will instantly reboot.

It will seem like the phone is booting up, but it will reboot again during this first boot cycle. Just be patient, put in your PIN, pattern or password (twice) during the process and you should see the OnePlus 3T boot back into Android during the second boot cycle (again, as shown in the video above). This will only happen immediately after you have gained root access to the phone. All future reboots will work like normal.

Once you are back into Android, you can open up the App Drawer and you’ll find the SuperSU application icon right there. I like to launch this application to make sure it installed properly (since you’ll get an error if you open the app and the OnePlus 3T isn’t rooted).

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10 thoughts on “How to Gain Root Access to the OnePlus 3T with Nougat”

  1. Siddhartha Khanooja

    Thank you!! :D
    Running rooted OxygenOS 4.0.3 by following step-by-step instructions.
    Do you have a list of useful apps that could be installed after rooting?

    1. You’re very welcome :) I’m happy to see that it was helpful for you.

      If you check the root category for this website – https://www.androidexplained.com/tips/root/ – You’ll find a number of applications that require root access. As with all root applications, some do and some do not work with certain differences and certain versions of Android.

      So just be sure to create a Nandroid backup ahead of time before you install one so that you can restore from it in case something goes wrong.

  2. How does this work with Android pay if SuperSU is being flashed to the system to start the process? Doesn’t it also check whether the bootloader is locked?

    1. Android Pay relies on SafetyNet checks to pass and this will fail if your bootloader is unlocked. There are some custom kernels that disable this bootloader check though, so as long as you’re using a systemless root method with a custom kernel that bypasses that check, then you should be able to use Android Pay.

      The whole Android Pay workaround though is a cat and mouse game. So even if that works today, Google could make a server side change tomorrow that breaks it

  3. Whats the purpose of the Disabler ZIP? I want to have encryption enabled on my files and pictures for security reasons. Does it disables system encryption?

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